“BIG CUBANO’S” CUSTOM MASK
Al Montaya’s mask wasn’t just protective; it was self-expressive. The cigar and “Big Cubano” are references to the fact that Montoya was the first Cuban-American to play in the NHL. The University of Michigan “M” painted on the cigar is an homage to Montoya’s three years as a Wolverine.
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